Shennong Festival

Shennong, mythical god emperor from ancient China credited with inventing herbal medicine, agriculture and tea, among other things, has been a strong source of influence on a personal animation we are creating. On 11/23 we were fortunate to visit a shrine dedicated to the figure in Tokyo. The shrine contains a wooden statue of Shennong, created during the Edo period, and is only open to the public for one hour, one day a year as part of the Shennong Festival. Many top players in medicinal businesses and research groups were present to pay their respects.